15 October 2007

Darwin the Merciless

Greenwich, Connectict. (AP) -- Police say a man who was trying to entertain his family by putting a penny on the tracks has died after being struck by a train in Greenwich.

Police say the man had jumped onto the tracks at the Riverside train station Sunday afternoon to place a penny on a track and show his wife and three daughters how it would be flattened by a train.

Sgt. John Rizzitelli of the MTA says family members were trying to help him up get back on the platform.

The Metro-North Railroad train, an express from Stamford to New York City, was traveling at about 75 mph when it struck the man. He died immediately.

Police are withholding the man's name, pending notification of all of his relatives.

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